Originally Posted by FluffyChristine
I basically need to be taught how to plan balanced meals and how to cook them (including the storage and preparation of fresh fruits and veggis).
How to plan balanced meals ... Probably the easiest thing to remember is this "create your plate" idea on ADA's web site (also used in the Sonoma diet, I think): http://www.diabetes.org/food-nutriti...your-plate.jsp
If you want something more concrete, you could try mypyramid.gov, Weight Watchers Points, or BFL (http://bodyforlife.com/nutrition/mealplan.asp
An uncomplicated way of cooking is a George Foreman grill. Throw on some steaks/chicken/porkchops, steam some rice, and add a fresh salad and you have a meal.
Another good one is http://www.mediterrasian.com/